EAST WENATCHEE — A 25-year-old East Wenatchee man was in jail this morning after a Wednesday night robbery at Walgreens, the latest in a string of robberies in the Wenatchee area.
The arrest came after a foot chase, a motor-vehicle chase and a car crash, authorities said.
Maxwell G. Holmesmeyer of East Wenatchee was arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree robbery.
The robbery at the East Wenatchee Walgreens on Grant Road was reported at 9:40 p.m. A man in a hooded sweatshirt walked into the store and demanded money from the clerk, said Randy Harrison, East Wenatchee police chief. The man did not display a weapon but kept his hand in his pocket, indicating he had a weapon.
The clerk handed over cash and the man fled on foot with three customers in pursuit, Harrison said. The two men and one woman chased the man into the Walgreens parking lot and toward Simon Street where the man dropped the cash in the middle of the street and fled in a dark grey Volkswagen Jetta.
Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Jason DeMyer and East Wenatchee Officer Greg Renggli began pursuing the Jetta as it headed east on Highway 28.
“The suspect vehicle reached speeds in excess of 90 mph and passed a couple of other vehicles in a reckless manner,” according to a press release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
The car crashed after it turned onto South Tyee Avenue and cut across some grass. It struck a concrete block on the edge of Southeast Yahwa Street, a parked car and a utility pole. The driver ran away, eluding a deputy and officer.
At 10:36 p.m., a man called the RiverCom dispatch center to report his Volkswagen Jetta had been stolen from the 3400 block of Tyee Place, the press release states.
Authorities talked with Holmesmeyer at his home and noted a fresh cut on his face, the press release states. A witness to the Walgreens robbery was brought to the scene and said he recognized Holmesmeyer as the robber.
Harrison said the Walgreens robber was not wearing a mask. The man in the other robberies wore a partial mask, officials said.
Because his appearance matches that of the suspect in other robberies, Holmesmeyer was also arrested in connection with the Oct. 25 robbery at the Food and Fuel store at 96 Grant Road, a robbery at the same store early Wednesday morning, and a robbery at the Circle K convenience store, also early Wednesday morning.
Harrison said the second Food and Fuel store incident was also considered a robbery even though nothing was taken. In that case, a clerk hid from the robber. When the suspect could not find a clerk, he left the store. Sgt. Jim West with the Wenatchee Police Department said Wenatchee officers planned to interview Holmesmeyer later today about the Circle K robbery.